Antique Granny Square Quilt

Vintage Granny Square Quilt

I received another bundle of vintage sewing notions last month, and amongst the patterns, scraps, yarn and clothing was a complete(!) and charming antique twin-size quilt top.  It had suffered a little for its age (circa 1930’s or 1940’s is my guess) and decades-long relegation to the closet. Showing a few age spots and small tears, this quilt top was pretty much in great shape for an octogenarian.

So I washed it.  Yes, I just washed it in my machine on gentle cycle.  I know, I probably should have followed some more delicate, restoration-approved handling practices.  But it was on the verge of being discarded, so I figured I’d risk it. And it came out great.  Some brown spots remain, but hey, that’s just patina- this thing is an antique. I set about repairing the little rents with a quick zigzag stitch and then I quilted it up.  Just straight line quilting for my basic Brother machine, and new fabric for the backing and binding.  I did take the time to hand stitch the binding, something I almost never do, but this old bird seemed deserving of the attention.

Antique Granny Square Quilt

The dainty retro prints, the mis-matched pink lattice and the assortment or brown, black, and blue granny square fabrics all charm.

Antique Granny Square Quilt

Antique Granny Square Quilt

Vintage Granny Square Quilt

I never thought I’d like brown in a quilt, but this matches the guest room perfectly, and I do love it. Also, Friedrich approves.

Vintage Granny Square Quilt

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